“The fastest production car ever made. Period.”
It’s a bold claim, but one that a justifiably smug Elon Musk made during a surprise unveiling-within-an-unveiling last week. At an event to launch the new much-anticipated Tesla semi-trailer, the multi billionaire tech entrepreneur joined a cheering crowd in looking on as the rear of the new Tesla truck opened up and a shiny red roadster rolled off the back. While the audience went ballistic, Musk didn’t waste any time bragging about the specs for this vehicle, gleefully informing his fans that the new Tesla Roadster would travel from 0-60 MPH in 1.9 seconds. Not a typo.
“And this is the base model”, he was quick to point out.
The handsome car is full of tricks – perhaps most interestingly is its 2+2 seat layout: not many roadsters can boast enough room to fit an overnight bag let alone three passengers. Other impressive figures to note include its 10-100 mph time of 4.2 seconds, its quarter-mile time of 8.9 seconds (the first ever production car capable of doing this in under 9 seconds) and its top speed of over 250 mph (over 400 km/h). It also boasts a massive 200 kWh battery, which gives a range of over 1,000 km on a single charge, at highway speeds too.
While it won’t be available until 2020, Tesla are currently taking orders. You can get your hands on one of the first to roll off the production line with a US $50,000 deposit, though the total cost is expected to be US $200,000, with a limited edition run of 1,000 “Founder’s Series” editions available for an upfront sum of $250,000.
It was a roadster that got the pioneering motor company off the ground back in 2003, and will be interesting to see if people are as quick to adopt this reinvigorated model – given the price it’s still a bargain compared with some of its naturally-aspirated and turbocharged supercar counterparts, none of which can achieve this level of acceleration.